Pork Chop Bake with Yellow Rice

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Make a delicious pork chop bake for dinner with yellow rice and vegetables. It is a complete and healthy meal in one dish.

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Pork Chop Bake with Yellow Rice - easy and healthy casserole for a weeknight

I’ve found a new favorite casserole recipe: Pork Chop Bake with Yellow Rice. Oh yeah! In the first place, I always have a bag of Vigo Yellow Rice in my pantry. I frequently will make it for dinner as it only takes 25 minutes to cook up on the stove. In addition my family loves the color which is from actual saffron.  Do you know how expensive saffron is? Holy cow it is pricey. That is hardly surprising considering it takes 75,000 flowers to make just one pound of saffron. Furthermore, Vigo has used saffron imported from the same supplier in Spain for over 35 years. Now that is quality control.

My family loves pork chops and this one dish recipe is perfect.

Vigo uses 18 million pounds of domestic rice a year. I cannot even imagine how large 18 million pounds of rice would be, blows my mind. However, the real reason I love yellow rice is the spice blend and the fact they make their own. Each spoonful of rice is a flavor explosion without an explosion of fat on my hips. Ha ha, this is actually a naturally fat free product. One night, I made delicious BBQ chicken patties with leftover yellow rice and leftover shredded BBQ chicken. Wowzer was that ever good. Just shows how versatile yellow rice is. In this recipe the yellow rice pairs nicely with my pork chop bake.

Low Calorie, Healthy Dinner Recipe

With every bite of Pork Chop Bake with Yellow Rice, I was transported back to our vacation in Spain this past year. Before life decided to throw us some huge curve balls and stress galore. Oh what a simpler time it was. Someday I hope to travel to Sicily where the founder of Vigo, Antonino Alessi, was from. He and his family immigrated to the USA after WWII. Today the company is run by his sons in Tampa, FL. You all know I love to support family run businesses.

Gluten Free pork casserole

On your next trip to Publix or your local grocery store, be sure to pick up some yellow rice and other Vigo products. You can also Shop Vigo’s online store.  There is a cool contest below you can enter for a chance to win a Vigo gift box. Just leave a comment below telling me your favorite Vigo products and what you love to make with them.  I just got a sneak peak at the gift boxes and I am blown away.  Wow is it incredible. Don’t forget about this healthy Pork Chop Bake with Yellow Rice too. Your family is going to love this easy casserole for dinner.

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Low Calorie, Healthy Dinner Recipe

Saffron Yellow Rice and Pork Chop Bake

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 313 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla


  • 10 oz Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice
  • 2 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 14 oz artichoke hearts drained and chopped
  • 10 oz chopped frozen broccoli
  • 10 olives sliced
  • 6 center cut pork chops About 2 lbs.
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp smoky Spanish paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400•. Spray a 13 x 9 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Stir in first five ingredients.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap then foil.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Place pork chops on a cutting board.
  6. Mix together salt through black pepper.
  7. Sprinkle both sides of pork with spices.
  8. Lay on top of rice mixture. (Add more hot water if needed)

  9. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until pork chops and rice are done.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 8 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Saffron Yellow Rice and Pork Chop Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 313 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 25g 50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Gloria Richards says
    I love the Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice. The flavor is excellent and it's so versatile for using in various recipes. I have used it for stuffed peppers, stuffed zucchini, burritos, jazzed it up for Spanish rice.. i other words, it's my favorite item in the kitchen when I'm creating different dishes. I no longer use plain white rice.. it's just flavorless compared to Vigo's Saffron Yellow Rice. <3
  2. I use any of their rice with my Salmon coated with pesto. We cannot get enough of this dish. Yum Yum!
  3. I'll have to look for that rice! I'm always too pained by the price to by saffron!!!
  4. I am so jealous of that Vigo variety pack! Fabulous! I usually make chicken and rice, but my family loves pork too -- have to give that a go!
  5. Love saffron - I learned so much about it today, thank you. This is such a delicious dish Christie!!!!
  6. I LOVE saffron rice. It's a favorite to serve with hummus and a salad!
  7. Saffron yellow rice is new to me, I need to try this recipe soon! lovely.
  8. YUM! This looks awesome. Also looks pretty easy to make. Love that rice.
  9. Saffron goes so well with rice - and this pork looks great!
  10. I have never tried them before! Now I will.
  11. Tracy Cottongim says
    I just love the Yellow Saffron Rice. I have been eating it for years and years. I don't know of any other product that contains Saffron that is as reasonably priced. I usually just eat it plain as a side. It goes with so many things. I always have a few bags on hand.
    • What do you mean "cover with plastic then foil"?You don't mean to put plastic in oven do you?
      • Christie Daruwalla says
        Hi Robin, Yes, this is an old restaurant trick to keep the steam in. Cover the plastic wrap tightly and completely with foil.
  12. Auntiepatch says
    I've never seen Vigo in my local stores. I will have to search for it. Such a variety of flavors. Nice.
  13. Charlotte Moore says
    I have never used these products. Would be nice to try them.Thanks fir the chance to win.
  14. Charlotte Moore says
    I have never used these products. Would be nice to try them.Thanks for the chance to win.
  15. I love, love, love the yellow rice! I use it for "clean out the fridge" night all of the time!
  16. I have not tried any of their products, but would love to. I would definitely make this pork chop bake with yellow rice with it though.
  17. I have been looking for a recipe like this. Thank you for the post. Can't wait to make it
  18. These rices look fantastic. YUM !!!
  19. Could not go a day without rice.
  20. This sounds delicious. I love saffron rice!
  21. Lisa D'Orazio says
    I've never tried Vigo products, but now I will have to seek them out thanks to your post!
  22. Just. Note in recipe the plastic wrap covered by foil does NOT work in home oven @400degrees. Had to throw out after plastic melted. Luckily had not ruined the pork chops!


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